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Getting started with Medicare

Information for people who are just getting started with Medicare. Includes information about whether you're eligible for Medicare and whether you get Medicare automatically. Also includes your Medicare coverage choices and how Medicare works with other insurance.

Your Medicare coverage choices

Learn about the 2 main ways to get your Medicare coverage — Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C).

How do I get Parts A & B?

Find out how to get Part A and Part B. Some people get Medicare automatically, but some don't and may need to sign up.

Apply for Medicare online

Apply online for Medicare on Social Security's website.

How to get drug coverage

Choose from 2 ways to get prescription drug coverage. You can choose a Medicare Part D plan. Or, you can choose a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) that offers drug coverage.

Joining a health or drug plan

Find out when you can sign up for or change your Medicare coverage. This includes your Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) or Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D).

Different types of Medicare health plans

Medicare Advantage, Medicare Savings Accounts, Cost Plans, demonstration/pilot programs, PACE, and Medication Therapy Management.

Find health & drug plans

Find and compare drug plans, health plans, and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policies.

Check your enrollment

Check your current or future Medicare enrollment.

Find & compare doctors, hospitals & other providers

Hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, medical item suppliers, health care providers, health and drug plans, dialysis facilities.